Vacancy: Professor of Practice in Foundation and General Studies
Aalto University, Finland
Apply by September 15, 2017
The professor will provide leadership to direct, oversee, review, develop, and implement compulsory/foundational arts studies and general studies for Aalto ARTS.
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers in the fields of technology, business, art and
design. We are committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building
an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with nearly 20 000 students and 4 700
employees, more than 400 of which are professors. Our schools rank among the top
universities in the world. The University campuses are located in Espoo and Helsinki,
The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) is an institution of higher education for
design, media, architecture, motion picture, art education and art. The current key areas of
research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, welfare
architecture and emerging technologies as well as urban planning and design. The school
produces specialists and innovators of art, design and architecture with strong artistic and
The Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture invites applications for
the following position:
PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE IN FOUNDATION AND GENERAL STUDIES
The position is fixed-term for three years. The starting date is January 1, 2018, or appropriate.
The professor will work in the creative and internationally recognized environment of Aalto
University’s School of ARTS. The position serves the Center for General Studies (YoYo), at
the Department of Art (http://taide.aalto.fi/en/) which is known for nationally and
internationally recognized high quality artistic and art pedagogical activities and research.
YoYo currently provides compulsory arts courses for all ARTS bachelor students, as well as
elective courses in contemporary and visual art, and art theory and history for all Aalto ARTS
students (doctor, master and bachelor).
Although the Professor of Foundation and General Studies is situated in the Department of
Art s/he will work with all five departments in ARTS, including the Departments of Design,
Architecture, Media, and Film, Television, and Scenography. The professor will provide
leadership to direct, oversee, review, develop, and implement compulsory/foundational arts
studies and general studies for Aalto ARTS. The professor will work directly with all
stakeholders, including students, faculty, and ARTS and Aalto University leadership to
develop and improve planning, communication, and outreach.
The professor will also provide vision for the future as well as pragmatic management of
Foundation and General Studies. The vision includes the future of foundations and
compulsory courses for all ARTS students, and its connection to Aalto University’s strategy,
University-Wide Art Studies (http://uwas.aalto.fi), and other Aalto-wide studies and
initiatives. The management includes the day-to-day running of the studies, including
curricular planning, study programming, space management, fiscal and employee matters,
and communication outreach. The professor would work with different groups to address the
question of what constitutes foundational and general studies for all ARTS students, now and
in the future, and how it is best provided in relation to the wider university and society.
What we expect from you
The professor is expected to have a proven track record of strong contribution in the field of
foundation and general art studies in higher education. The applicants will be reviewed based
on their academic leadership, artistic work and research, teaching, and activity overseeing or
managing foundation or similar studies. The professor shall have capability to work broadly
with the all ARTS fields and disciplines, and competence areas within those fields.
The applicant is expected to have:
•Experience with foundation or general art studies, or similar programs or units within
a higher education context (university or college)
•Cutting-edge agenda regarding arts and related practices for students
•An artistic practice
•Experience in interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary collaboration, especially in higher
•A terminal degree in a relevant field (doctoral degree, MFA, MA or equivalent)
•Strong written and verbal communication skills in English (familiarity with Finnish
and/or Swedish language may be beneficial).
Salary and benefits
Salary is internationally competitive and Aalto University provides health care and retirement
Finland is a great and safe context for family, offering many excellent state-subsidized
services, including affordable day care and free schools, which are consistently ranked among
the best in the world.
How to apply
The application process includes two phases. In the first phase, the applicants are required to
submit the following material:
1. Motivation letter including a statement of past, current, and future artistic practice
and/or research related to foundation and general arts studies (max. 3 pages, max 100
2. Curriculum Vitae – Example of CV (pdf) (max. 5 pages, max 20 MB)
3. List of publications (with the most significant publications highlighted) and/or artistic
portfolio (max 100 MB)
4. A research statement describing their past research and plans for future
research and/or similar for artistic activities (max 1 page max 10 MB)
5. Teaching portfolio – Outline for compiling your teaching portfolio, Comprehensive
assessment of teaching competence (see link below for size and scope requirements)
6. The names and contact information of two to four references
For a full list of materials required for the application (criteria 2-4 above) please
see http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/tenure_track/for_applicant/ .
All application materials should be submitted in English as PDF files and are to be addressed
to the Dean of Aalto ARTS. The application material will not be returned.
Please submit your application through the Aalto University eRecruitment system no later
than September 15, 2017 (Finnish time UTC +3 during daylight saving time). The link to
the eRecruitment system (‘Apply for this job’) can be found in the job advertisement on the
Aalto University web site (http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/careers/jobs/view/1392/).
Aalto University may perform a publication analysis of the applicants’ scientific publications
based on the applicant’s CV and list of publications unless the applicant declines the analysis.
This information is used to measure scientific activity and it will be collected and analyzed
based on information available on public databases.
From amongst the applicants in the first phase, Aalto University will select those who will be
asked to supplement their application materials. Supplemented applications are submitted for
review by external experts during the second phase of the application process.
General instructions for applicants including evaluation criteria, language requirements and
guidelines for compiling CV are given at: www.aalto.fi/en/tenure_track/for_applicant.
For additional information please contact the Chairman of the Departmental Committee,
Professor Kevin Tavin, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In recruitment process related
questions, you may contact HR Coordinator Anu Roine, email email@example.com.
Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend
the application period and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during
the application period.
In Helsinki June 26th, 2017